Police seek owner of backpack carried by escapee

Police stand over David Sweat after he was shot and captured near the Canadian border Sunday, June 28, 2015, in Constable, N.Y. Sweat is the second of two convicted murderers who staged a brazen escape three weeks ago from a maximum-security prison in northern New York. His capture came two days after his escape partner, Richard Matt, was shot and killed by authorities. (AP Photo)

TONAWANDA, N.Y. (AP) – New York State Police are seeking the public’s help in locating the owner of a backpack an escaped murderer was carrying when he was shot and wounded by a trooper near the Canadian border.

Police on Friday say 35-year-old David Sweat had a red and black TYR brand backpack. Officials have said Sweat was carrying maps, tools, Pop Tarts and other items in the backpack when he was caught June 28.

Troopers say the backpack is believed to have been stolen from a camp in neighboring Franklin or Clinton County.

Sweat and Richard Matt escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora on June 6.

Matt was fatally shot by a border patrol agent June 26. Sweat is in fair condition Friday at an Albany hospital.

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